:: The Handmade Homestead - Skills for the Pioneer Heart::

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Canning the Best Part of the Fruit Cocktail!
If you've got an abundance of late summer grapes, consider canning them! It's an easy way to preserve them for adding to fruit or chicken salads all year long. This water bath recipe is super easy, as there's very little prep work to make the grapes ready for canning.
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Canning Plums (Water Bath Method)
When you search the canned food aisle at the grocery store, you’ll find peaches and pears and pineapple. Canned plums, though? Those are a specialty item. Happily, it’s easy to transform fresh plums into a shelf stable product that you can enjoy all year long. If you're lucky enough to have an abundance of fresh plums, preserve some for the pantry. This canning recipe is a water bath recipe, perfect for beginning canners.
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Try this Easy 2-Ingredient Recipe to Transform Drinks and Desserts!
Making this peach simple syrup at home is a fun way to extend the shelf life of some of your favorite summertime fruits. There are plenty of delicious ways to use it! Try adding it to sparkling water or to a variety of baked goods or cocktails.
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The Hummingbirds Will Go Crazy for this Plant!
Plant penstemons in your perennial pollinator garden, they’ll add beauty and will attract many pollinators. These plants are easy to care for, low maintenance, and great for drought conditions. Also known as “beardtongue,” these pretty plants have a unique look and are a nice addition to any yard. Just ask the bees!
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Simple Living & Self Reliance: Easy Steps You Can Take Today
The goal of self-reliance is to create a lifestyle that is more sustainable, resilient, and fulfilling by relying on one’s own abilities and resources. It’s also about finding a balance between embracing modern conveniences when necessary and being self-sufficient in fundamental aspects of life. From figuring out how to spend less of our money supporting corporations to doing more of our own cooking and repairing and growing in-house, our versions of self-reliance may vary from person to person.
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Find & Buy Your Dream Homestead
From location and weather to job availability and needs, there's a lot to consider when trying to start a homestead on a budget. Follow these tips to get started!
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DIY Shaving Soap Recipe
Ditch commercial shaving creams and go green with this DIY Shaving Soap Recipe! 🌱🧼 Learn how to make your own shave soap and enjoy a smoother, more sustainable shave. #DIYShavingSoap #NaturalSkincare #EcoFriendlyBeauty
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How to Keep Chickens Cool in Summer Heat - Attainable Sustainable®
With some simple, inexpensive tactics, you can keep chickens cool and happy during the summertime heat!
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DIY Shampoo Bar
An eco-friendly alternative to liquid shampoos, solid shampoo bars provide a great lather and are perfect for traveling because they don't need any plastic or one-use packaging. This shampoo bar recipe is a non-soap shampoo bar that is formulated to be at an ideal pH for our hair so it won't damage your hair like soap-based shampoo bars normally do. #thethingswellmake #MIY #shampoo #naturalhaircare #naturalsurfactants #ecofriendly #noplastic #sustainableliving
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Tips for Training Your Dog to Be Chicken Friendly • The Prairie Homestead
Tips for Training Your Dog to Be Chicken Friendly
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How to Make Compost Tea • The Prairie Homestead
How to Make Compost Tea
Don't let mosquitoes ruin your summer days. Learn how to make your own effective, all-natural repellent spray with essential oils! Say goodbye to annoying bites and hello to outdoor fun. 💃🌿 Get the Recipe! Essential Oils For Mosquitoes, Homemade Mosquito Repellent, Mosquito Repellent Spray, Mosquito Repellent Homemade, Homemade Bug Spray, Natural Repellent, Bug Spray, Natural Cleaning
Beat the Buzz with DIY Homemade Bug Spray 🐝
Don't let mosquitoes ruin your summer days. Learn how to make your own effective, all-natural repellent spray with essential oils! Say goodbye to annoying bites and hello to outdoor fun. 💃🌿 Get the Recipe!
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How to Feed Your Soil a Whole Food Diet
How to Feed Your Soil a Whole Food Diet
How to Create an Effective Homestead First Aid Kit (an empowering and balanced approach to homestead first aid, including acute issues, colds, fevers, & more). Survival Preparedness, Pioneer Life, Homestead Life, Homesteading Ideas, Modern Homesteading
How to Create an Effective Homestead First Aid Kit
How to Create an Effective Homestead First Aid Kit (an empowering and balanced approach to homestead first aid, including acute issues, colds, fevers, & more).
Discover the ins and outs of making liquid castile soap. This detailed guide includes beginner-friendly steps, all the ingredients, and customization tips. Perfect for DIY lovers, zero-waste enthusiasts, and anyone looking to explore homemade skincare products. Homemade Liquid Soap Recipes, Make Liquid Soap, Liquid Hand Soap Recipe, Homemade Liquid Soap, Castile Soap Recipes, Liquid Soap Making, Homemade Hand Soap, Hand Soap Recipe, Diy Hand Soap
How to Make Your Own Pure Castile Liquid Soap
Discover the ins and outs of making liquid castile soap. This detailed guide includes beginner-friendly steps, all the ingredients, and customization tips. Perfect for DIY lovers, zero-waste enthusiasts, and anyone looking to explore homemade skincare products.